Jess Walker talks about being a Modern Apprentice in Scottish Water
A transcript of the video can be found here.
Scottish Water is one of the UK’s largest water companies, as well as being one of Scotland’s biggest businesses. With a turnover of around £1.2bn, 3400 employees and a capital investment programme of £500m per annum, it delivers the investment and management expertise vital to transforming Scotland’s water infrastructure, improving water quality, the environment and customer service. Our employee engagement score is well in the UK top quartile and Scottish Water was voted ‘Scotland’s Best Workplace’ in 2012.
Scottish Water are committed to developing talent to ensure that we continue to deliver excellent customer service and to achieve our vision of becoming Scotland's most valued and trusted business. The Modern Apprentice Programme closed on 26th April 2013. Please check the website for the programme next year.
At Scottish Water our apprentices are vital to building our operational capabilities for the future. We will provide you with a four year apprenticeship at a designated further education college or agency that specialises in providing Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s), coupled with work experience in an apprenticeship discipline.
Successful candidates must have minimum of 5 Standard Grade or equivalent (3 of which should be English, Maths and any Science). Ideally the candidate will also hold, 2 Highers (or equivalent) or relevant technical qualification or relevant technical experience (min of 1 year) and it is preferred that the candidate holds a full current driver’s licence. You will also need to have excellent interpersonal skills to deliver a positive experience to our customers.
We embrace diversity within our apprenticeship programmes and a career the water industry will almost certainly provide opportunities for you to utilise your own unique skills, experience and attributes while providing you with meaningful, challenging and rewarding experiences.
Our selection process is challenging and is designed to explore your skills, your thought processes and the way you behave in a range of different scenarios. We do this because it’s vital that we make the correct decisions for you and for us. If you do enter into our selection process we will reimburse all reasonable travelling costs.
The stages involved in our selection processes are outlined below:
Stage 1: Application form
Our application form enables us to understand your skills and match you against minimum criteria such as your standard grades, highers or other equivalent qualifications, it also let’s us assess your right to work in the UK without the need for a visa and ability to drive.
Stage 2: First Stage Interview
If your application is short listed we will normally ask you to come in for a short interview, this gives us a chance to meet you and have some early discussions about the apprenticeship programmes, your own aspirations and the aspirations of SW.
Stage 3: Second Stage Interview
The next stage in our process involves a more in depth second stage interview where we have the chance to explore the competencies and behaviours you have shown throughout the process before making any final decisions for you and us about a possible career with Scottish Water.
Stage 4: Assessment Centre
If you are successful after the second interview we will invite you to an assessment centre day. This lets you find out more about us as a company and is our chance to find out much more about you and how you would fit with our business, this will be through participation in group activities, paper based exercises, games and puzzles.